Milwaukee schoolteacher Reginald Jackson speaks at Marquette University's Helfaer Theatre on Monday, November 16, during a presentation about the African-American perspective of the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird." Jackson chairs the board of America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, one of the country's most segregated cities.
Famous black Milwaukeeans are seen on a mural off North Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood. In Milwaukee, African-Americans are overwhelmingly concentrated in the city and a few nearby suburbs. The surrounding suburban counties are overwhelmingly white.
Graffiti artist Trevor Timm, right, walks with a friend along train tracks on the north side of the city, toward a bridge where Timm often paints.
Timm spent most of his childhood on the predominantly black north side. "For the most part, the way a nonblack person views it is, they're dysfunctional," he says of how African-Americans are perceived by some whites in the city. "That's what we see on the news."
An abandoned department store is seen in the historically black Bronzeville neighborhood. Swaths of the former cultural and business hub succumbed to bulldozers nearly a half a century ago.
A memorial sits on the side of Walnut Street in an area of Bronzeville that was demolished to make way for Interstate 43. The freeway was needed to ease travel to the city from the mostly white suburbs.
Students participate in a music production class at TRUE Skool, an afterschool program in Milwaukee that uses arts and humanities to engage high school students in social justice and community service. Over the past decade, the nonprofit has paired hundreds of black, white and Latino teens with local artists to learn how to use the arts to cope with the despair of their surroundings.
A wall of hurtful stereotypes is on display at TRUE Skool.
Vincent Pozza, an intern at TRUE Skool, trims the plants he grew using an aquaponic system. "We are the picture of the good side of Milwaukee, the side nobody talks about," Pozza said.
Timm, right, watches TRUE Skool students paint on a makeshift graffiti wall. Sarah Dollhausen, the program's founder and executive director, said, "We hear from a lot of our young people, 'I'm just happy to be alive.' "